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Shocks for cj5

Discussion in 'Jeep CJ' started by Drd88, Jul 26, 2017.

  1. Jul 26, 2017 at 12:34 PM
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    Drd88

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    Recommendations for shocks for my cj5.... Maybe give a bit more ride I know they drove ruff ...suggestions are greatly appreciated...or anything else for a smoother "ride"
     
  2. Jul 26, 2017 at 5:32 PM
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    Howell fuel injection, header, HEI distributor, TH350, NP208, SOA lift with YJ springs in the front & GW springs in the Rear. AMC20 with G2 1 piece chromos trussed, Dana 30 with G2 chromos and 760x ujoints and MM Stainless Hubs, Geared 4.56. Tom Woods shafts, Metal cloaks, Caged, 37" Toyo MTs.
    Do you have any lift on it?
     
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  3. Jul 26, 2017 at 7:16 PM
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    Yes think it's 6". Kinda new to ..body lift etc.that is what I was told when I bought it..
     
  4. Jul 26, 2017 at 7:30 PM
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    6 inch body lift?. IM not very familiar with body lifts. I think it would be less work and cheaper to do a suspension lift.
    Any one with more experience with body lifts please chime in. Is there certain things Drd88 should be looking for? Steering column, shock, or other extensions he should look for to determine what lift is installed.

    Edit..I hit the wrong button again. Lol. But as far as shocks. Depending on your lift. Basically the only thing other than personal preference. Street with moderate offroarding. To moderate to heavy offroading. Your going to look at travel distance of the shocks also. Most shocks are limited to your lift. 2 to 4...4 to 6...etc.
     
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  5. Jul 26, 2017 at 9:55 PM
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    More details are needed to know what direction to point you in into getting a softer ride. How much suspension lift and body lift? 3 and 3? Does your axle sit on top of the springs or do the springs sit on the axle?

    Cj springs are horrible riding especially if you have the HD 5,6,or even 7 leaf packs. The more leafs the worse the ride. First You need to switch to YJ springs. The rear will bolt right in. The front you will need to order new YJ hangers and shackles. This is where you need to know what lift you have and orientation of the axle and springs. If it were my CJ5, I would get OME 2.5 inch lift springs fronts (front springs are 4 leaf packs) for both the front and rear and 5 inch YJ shackles for both the front and rear. This will give you a total of 3.5 inch suspension lift. rocky-road.com sells all of this at a reasonable price. I believe summitracing.com does too.
     
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  6. Jul 27, 2017 at 7:37 AM
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  7. Jul 27, 2017 at 7:38 AM
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    So the leaf are over axles and 7 each
     
  8. Jul 27, 2017 at 9:15 PM
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    They had to run 7 pack springs to prevent the axle wrap that happens with spring over lifts, But their are ways around this. In the front you want a Factory OEM YJ 5 leaf spring pack. They are also known as light-medium duty rear springs. I try to confirm leaf count before purchasing. New ones from Crown are usually around 100 each. You can usually find a whole set of used YJ springs for $100 or less, but they may be well used and sprung. For the rear you will need to build your own custom spring pack out of a 5leaf and a 4leaf YJ springs. You will have a total of 7 leafs in the back, but it will still ride much softer than what you have now. I used a set of used fronts (4leaf) and new rears (5leaf) to make my rear pack for my CJ-7. I would keep the factory hanger and shackle in the rear. and you will need to order YJ Hangers and 5in YJ shackle in the front. When ordering shackles you need to confirm the length from center of bolt to center of bolt. Also a CJ's rear shackle is the same width as a YJs front and rear shackles. If you watch ebay and Craigslist most of this stuff can be purchased used for pennys on the dollar. Here is the article on making your custom spring pack.

    http://www.fourwheeler.com/how-to/16719/
     
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  9. Jul 27, 2017 at 9:29 PM
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    Kool thanks
     
  10. Jul 28, 2017 at 6:38 PM
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    Very interesting OFFGRID. I'll probably never need to know that. But I read it anyway. Didn't realize you can do that with leaf springs. Very cool. Thanks for posting link.
     
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